How to Read Foucault's Discipline and Punish

How to Read Foucault's Discipline and Punish

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By (author) Anne Schwan, By (author) Stephen Shapiro

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  • Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 174mm x 14mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0745329802
  • ISBN 13: 9780745329802
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 219,590

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Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish is one of the best-selling works of critical theory and a key text on many undergraduate courses. However, it is a long, difficult text which makes Anne Schwan and Stephen Shapiro's excellent step-by-step reading guide a welcome addition to the How to Read Theory series. Undergraduates across a wide range of disciplines are expected to have a solid understanding of Foucault's key terms, which have become commonplace in critical thinking today. While there are many texts that survey Foucault's thought, these are often more general overviews or biographical precis that give little in the way of robust explanation and discussion. In contrast, Schwan and Shapiro take a plain-speaking, yet detailed, approach, specifically designed to give students a thorough understanding of one of the most influential texts in contemporary cultural theory.

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Anne Schwan is Lecturer in English Literature at Edinburgh Napier University. Stephen Shapiro is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.

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This is a useful and illuminating companion to Foucault's book, and will clarify much that remains puzzling about this proteiform thinker, dispelling misunderstandings and sending the reader on new and more fruitful paths -- Fredric Jameson, William A. Lane Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University [A] highly readable guide to one of Foucault's best-known but often misinterpreted works. ... This book will be of great assistance to students and others looking for a clear introduction to Discipline and Punish and for pointers on its theoretical contexts. -- Clare O'Farrell, author of Michel Foucault (2005) and founding editor of Foucault Studies An excellent aid to Foucault's classic text. -- Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick

Table of contents

Rationale Overview Note on Translation Part One: Torture 1. The Body of the Condemned 2. The Spectacle of the Scaffold Part Two: Punishment 1. Generalized Punishment 2. The Gentle Way in Punishment Part Three: Discipline 1. Docile Bodies 2. The Means of Correct Training 3. Panopticism Part Four: Prison 1. Complete and Austere Institutions 2. Illegalities and Delinquency 3. The Carceral Suggestions for Further Reading Index